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CONTINUE

25. October 2017

Last night, my documentary "Continue" premiered in Vienna.
First, I would like to say thank you. All who were there yesterday and made it a moving and wonderful evening among friends.
It's not a sports movie - it's a documentary about my personal journey and I hope it inspires you.


You will soon be able to watch the documentary:
Austrians will be able to watch it on ServusTV on 13th of November at 8.15pm or on ORF1 on the 18th of November at 6pm. It will also be available on demand through Red Bull TV from 19th of November.

The broadcast dates for all other countries are not confirmed yet. As soon as I know, I will of course announce it here.

What you can expect in "CONTINUE":

In January 2016, I took a break from sport. I was finding myself in an existential crisis.
You probably know this feeling, I was struggling to find the motivation to function and work hard every single day. How can we cope with this? I too have asked myself questions like: Who am I? Where does my life lead? Why am I doing this? What's the point?

Many people get to the same point these days. They do not know what to do next. Whether professional or private. With this documentary, I would like to show you my way out of the crisis. It shows that it is worth it and gives you courage to get up and continue.

The 52-minute documentary film "CONTINUE" (Austria 2017, director: Gerald Salmina, production: Planet Watch) tells my story and joins me for a year, a year full of self-doubt and setbacks, but also about finding myself and plucking up the courage to carry on. In a touching way, the film gives deep insights into my soul.

Footage of my childhood and previous victories tell of past successes. Interviews with my parents, friends and colleagues, trainers and doctors are adding to the big picture. Above all is the question:
How can I fight my way out of the mental crisis? How can I continue?
I decided to take a step back from sport and do more for myself: I started to enjoy my life!
I realized that there is more to this world than ski jumping, that you can’t always work, that you have to play as well.
For years, my sport came always first. The early success became a burden for me. I could not sleep anymore, was always tired and irritable. Caught in the hamster wheel.
If you are successful in sports, there are many people supporting you. When life gets difficult, there’s only a handful of people who have your back.
I decided to leave the hamster wheel of the ski jumping World Cup to do the things that I always wanted to do. However, when I went heli-skiing with my father in Canada in March 2016, I experienced the next setback: A cruciate ligament rupture.

I was demotivated. I felt like I hit a brick wall.
The work I put in with my endurance trainer Christoph Ebenbichler got me so far, at least for the physical recovery of my knee. However, making mental progress is always more difficult. Harald Haim, Sporting Director of the Skigymnasium Stams, encouraged me to go back to the roots and train with the junior ski jumpers enjoy the sport again.
My family and specialists like Gerhard Rieger (my systemic counselor and personality coach) helped me to recognize who I am and to find myself. ÖSV ski jumping coach Christoph Strickner, my good friend Simon Wallner and sports legends like Toni Innauer, Niki Lauda and Hubert Neuper have also contributed, so that I was able to feel joyful and energetic again.

In January 2017, I was back at the World Cup.

"CONTINUE" is my personal story showing that success is not everything.
My manager Hubert Neuper told me: "You know your professional self, now you get to know your personal one".

I hope that my comeback inspires you to continue as well.

My realization: "This is my greatest victory: Having carried on, with all the painful experiences and drawbacks along the way. I'm looking forward to everything that awaits me from now on! It was and still is worth having gone this way and to continue."

Last night, my documentary "Continue" premiered in Vienna.
First, I would like to say thank you. All who were there yesterday and made it a moving and wonderful evening among friends.
It's not a sports movie - it's a documentary about my personal journey and I hope it inspires you.


You will soon be able to watch the documentary:
Austrians will be able to watch it on ServusTV on 13th of November at 8.15pm or on ORF1 on the 18th of November at 6pm. It will also be available on demand through Red Bull TV from 19th of November.

The broadcast dates for all other countries are not confirmed yet. As soon as I know, I will of course announce it here.

What you can expect in "CONTINUE":

In January 2016, I took a break from sport. I was finding myself in an existential crisis.
You probably know this feeling, I was struggling to find the motivation to function and work hard every single day. How can we cope with this? I too have asked myself questions like: Who am I? Where does my life lead? Why am I doing this? What's the point?

Many people get to the same point these days. They do not know what to do next. Whether professional or private. With this documentary, I would like to show you my way out of the crisis. It shows that it is worth it and gives you courage to get up and continue.

The 52-minute documentary film "CONTINUE" (Austria 2017, director: Gerald Salmina, production: Planet Watch) tells my story and joins me for a year, a year full of self-doubt and setbacks, but also about finding myself and plucking up the courage to carry on. In a touching way, the film gives deep insights into my soul.

Footage of my childhood and previous victories tell of past successes. Interviews with my parents, friends and colleagues, trainers and doctors are adding to the big picture. Above all is the question:
How can I fight my way out of the mental crisis? How can I continue?
I decided to take a step back from sport and do more for myself: I started to enjoy my life!
I realized that there is more to this world than ski jumping, that you can’t always work, that you have to play as well.
For years, my sport came always first. The early success became a burden for me. I could not sleep anymore, was always tired and irritable. Caught in the hamster wheel.
If you are successful in sports, there are many people supporting you. When life gets difficult, there’s only a handful of people who have your back.
I decided to leave the hamster wheel of the ski jumping World Cup to do the things that I always wanted to do. However, when I went heli-skiing with my father in Canada in March 2016, I experienced the next setback: A cruciate ligament rupture.

I was demotivated. I felt like I hit a brick wall.
The work I put in with my endurance trainer Christoph Ebenbichler got me so far, at least for the physical recovery of my knee. However, making mental progress is always more difficult. Harald Haim, Sporting Director of the Skigymnasium Stams, encouraged me to go back to the roots and train with the junior ski jumpers enjoy the sport again.
My family and specialists like Gerhard Rieger (my systemic counselor and personality coach) helped me to recognize who I am and to find myself. ÖSV ski jumping coach Christoph Strickner, my good friend Simon Wallner and sports legends like Toni Innauer, Niki Lauda and Hubert Neuper have also contributed, so that I was able to feel joyful and energetic again.

In January 2017, I was back at the World Cup.

"CONTINUE" is my personal story showing that success is not everything.
My manager Hubert Neuper told me: "You know your professional self, now you get to know your personal one".

I hope that my comeback inspires you to continue as well.

My realization: "This is my greatest victory: Having carried on, with all the painful experiences and drawbacks along the way. I'm looking forward to everything that awaits me from now on! It was and still is worth having gone this way and to continue."

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